GEORGE TOWN, Feb 5 – The project to upgrade the Bayan Baru Sewage Treatment Plant and sewage pipeline network worth RM427 million will commence in the next few months, said Penang Federal Action Council (MTPNg) chairman, Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.
He said the upgrading of the existing sewage treatment plant to a Regional Sewage Treatment Plant was to reduce the cost of operation and maintenance of a smaller sewage treatment plant. The project, which will also reduce pollution in the river and sea, covers an overall area of 29.21 hectares and the upgrading work of the sewage treatment plant involves an area of 9.65 hectares on the same site, he said.
“The site was recently handed over to the contractor, who is currently in the process of obtaining approval from local authorities, and construction work is expected to begin soon. Both the projects under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, will run concurrently and are expected to be completed within 36 months from the date of commencement of work, that is by the end of 2018,” he told reporters after visiting the project site here Thursday.
“The new sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 650,000 population equivalent (PE) compared with the original one which is only 200,000 PE, is capable of improving the water quality in Sungai Kluang and other rivers in the vicinity by reducing the flow of sewage from sewage treatment plants which have been rationalised,” he said.